By Leila Dycus staff writer
Two scrimmages and a day full of games at the middle school and high school added up to a busy week for Morgan County basketball. “The players are getting continuous gameplay throughout the summer to keep their basketball mentality sharp without the pressure of each game being a make or break game for their season,” said middle school basketball coach Milfred Franklin. This week the two teams of Morgan County basketball players had scrimmages against Gatewood and George Walton. On Tuesday June 17 and Thursday June 19 teams gathered to participate in scrimmages. The following Saturday June 21 the summer league hoop dog teams took part in another round of summer Saturday games. “The games are important by showing the players how much they have improved from week to week,” said Franklin. “Then they are able to apply it to a game situation atmosphere.”
On Saturday the MC Clippers faced the Athens Hawks. The Athens Hawks are a team from the Prince Avenue area. The Clippers outscored the Hawks during their game on Saturday June 21. After the Clippers game the MC Thunder played Monticello. It was a tough loss for the Thunder. The MC Jordan played next taking on the Athens Hawks. Their game was another big win for a Morgan County team as the Jordan beat the Hawks. The MC Ballers took on Monticello Saturday afternoon losing to the Hurricanes. Another group of MC Ballers took on the Boys and Girls Club team. Boys and Girls Club pulled out the win over the Ballers. The MC Thunder took on another team from Athens the Timothy Roadrunners.
However, it was another loss for the Morgan County team losing to the Roadrunners. Coach Franklin said that the Hoop Dog teams are becoming more confident in their skills and he sees a tremendous increase in their learning curve in basketball. As the students prepare for their coming weeks of basketball the they will be working to get better with their decision making when the momentum isn’t going in their favor and recognize what works and doesn’t throughout the game. Teams also participated in summer Saturday at the high school. Teams from Greene County, Hancock, One:16 from Oconee County, Hoop Dogs and Morgan County JV played games through out the day.